April 4 , 2008
In this Issue

  1. 2007 State Preschool Yearbook
    Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - March 28, 2008
  2. New Report on the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Stress
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved March 31, 2008
  3. New Research Findings on Nonfatal Maltreatment of Infants in the United States
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - April 4, 2008
  4. Designing Quality Rating Systems Inclusive of Infants and Toddlers
    Source: National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative - Retrieved April 1, 2008
  5. Children's Bureau Express - Special Section on Child Abuse and Neglect
    Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - April 3, 2008
  6. Newly Awarded Autism Centers of Excellence to Further Autism Research
    Source: National Institutes of Health - April 1, 2008
  7. Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States
    Source: Every Child Matters Education Fund - April 2, 2008
  1. 2007 State Preschool Yearbook
    Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - March 28, 2008

    The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has published its 2007 State Preschool Yearbook, the fifth in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. This latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2006-2007 school year. It can be accessed online at http://nieer.org/yearbook/. To receive a complimentary copy of the 2007 Yearbook, contact yearbook@nieer.org

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  2. New Report on the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Stress
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved March 31, 2008

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a new report entitled The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan, which describes the how early adverse experiences impact long-term health -- especially stress caused by child maltreatment. It is meant to provide practitioners with strategies to incorporate research on childhood stress and its long-term consequences into their work. It is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/effects_of_childhood_stress.htm

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  3. New Research Findings on Nonfatal Maltreatment of Infants in the United States
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - April 4, 2008

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the results of a study examining the extent of nonfatal infant maltreatment in the United States. Data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) indicated that a total of 91,278 infants aged <1 year experienced nonfatal maltreatment in fiscal year 2006, including 29,881 who were aged <1 week. The complete findings are available in the April 4,2008 issue of MMWR Weekly at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5713a2.htm. A discussion of the study by the CDC and the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (AYC) is available at http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/transcripts/2008/t080403.htm

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  4. Designing Quality Rating Systems Inclusive of Infants and Toddlers
    Source: National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative - Retrieved April 1, 2008

    Quality Rating Systems are being implemented across the nation as a means to define and promote quality in child care settings. ZERO TO THREE's National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative has recently published a new document on the design of such systems, with suggestions for including quality indicators specific to the very youngest children in child care. The document is available at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/nitcci/qris-design-elements-for-infant-and-toddlers.pdf

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  5. Children's Bureau Express - Special Section on Child Abuse and Neglect
    Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - April 3, 2008

    April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the latest issue of the Children's Bureau Express dedicates an entire section to this topic. It is available at http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewSection&issueID=93&subsectionID=9 and includes the following news items:

    • April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month
    • HHS Releases National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect for 2006 - Child Maltreatment 2006
    • What Makes Parent Training Effective?
    • How Children's Hospitals Help Prevent Child Abuse
    • New Studies Show Effectiveness of Parent-Led Prevention Programs
    • The Importance of Family Strengthening
    • Supporting Early Care and Education Programs to Prevent Child Maltreatment
    • The Costs of Child Abuse and Neglect

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  6. Newly Awarded Autism Centers of Excellence to Further Autism Research
    Source: National Institutes of Health - April 1, 2008

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced the latest recipients of the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) program. These grants will support studies covering a broad range of autism research areas, including early brain development and functioning, social interactions in infants, rare genetic variants and mutations, associations between autism-related genes and physical traits, possible environmental risk factors and biomarkers, and a potential new medication treatment. For more information go to http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2008/nimh-01.htm

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  7. Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States
    Source: Every Child Matters Education Fund - April 2, 2008

    The state in which a child is born and raised can make an enormous difference to their health and chances of surviving to adulthood, according to a major new report released today by the Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF). Entitled Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States, the report concludes: "There exists a huge gap among states on a wide variety of child well-being indicators. Such inequalities affect all Americans, rich and poor alike, and weaken both our economy and our democracy." The report is available online at http://www.everychildmatters.org/National/Resources/Geography-Matters.html

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